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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2003 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
Directors of Hollywood's two main performers unions took their first major step Saturday toward meshing the two groups under a new umbrella labor organization that would represent actors, broadcasters and recording artists. In a nationwide videoconference meeting, the boards of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists approved a broad set of principles aimed at folding the two labor groups into a new 150,000-member union.
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OPINION
February 22, 2007
Re "State of the unions," Opinion, Feb. 17 Russell Roberts claims that cleaning people routinely earn $20 an hour. They must be the cleaning people who work in ivory towers. Roberts suggests that a better way to increase wages is to make workers more productive. When they become less productive because of age or injury, simply plug in a young guy. Perhaps distinguished scholar Roberts should take a sabbatical and get his fingernails dirty in a real job. FRANK PIMENTEL Rolling Hills Estates I am amazed that an educated person in this country would advocate for unions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan and Catherine Saillant
Months after much of organized labor fought hard to block his election as mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti tried to mend fences Wednesday with a call for solidarity with unions in their struggle for jobs that pay middle-class wages. "Now more than ever, our fight must be for more than just jobs," Garcetti told hundreds of union leaders at a national AFL-CIO convention in downtown Los Angeles. "It must be for good jobs - jobs that don't just pay rent, but that help you buy a home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2008 | David Zahniser
An alliance of public employee unions said Monday that they oppose a plan by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to impose six employee furloughs, or unpaid days off. The Coalition of L.A. City Unions, which represents about 22,000 workers, said it does not believe Villaraigosa has the legal authority to force workers to take six furlough days during the 2008-09 fiscal year. Deputy Mayor Sean Clegg said Villaraigosa already has a legal opinion from City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo stating that he can impose "short-term layoffs" on city workers.
OPINION
August 17, 2005
Re "Prop. 75 Could Weaken Clout of Unions," Aug. 14 In a special election full of divisive propositions, Proposition 75 may be the most divisive of all. I can't quite get my head around why wealthy Republican Joe Schmo, who doesn't even know a union laborer, much less a nonunion Democrat like me, has any business deciding how labor unions spend their dues. It seems to me that this issue should be decided by union members and not the general voting public, especially when millions of special interest dollars are being poured into slick advertising campaigns to influence the outcome.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Maura Dolan
OAKLAND -- Bay Area Rapid Transit management and union leaders emerged from negotiations late Monday to announce an end to the four-day regional rail strike, which sent hundreds of thousands of commuters scrambling to find alternatives to the 104-mile system. The strike by BART's two largest unions stung its 400,000 weekday ridership more sharply Monday than it had on Friday, as residents who had taken a long weekend or worked from home scrambled for buses, ferries and carpools -- or sat for hours in gridlocked traffic.
OPINION
March 3, 2011
No to another war Re "A no-fly zone could be tricky," March 1 Given our country's continued though unwanted presence in Iraq and in Afghanistan, is the United States now also seriously contemplating military intervention in Libya? My sympathies are with the people of Libya, but the U.S. has already been brought low economically by a decade of unnecessary, undeclared and expensive wars. Still, we refuse to grapple with the question of whether we should be the world's cop; nor have we ever raised the far more serious question of whether a democracy can also be an empire.
OPINION
January 22, 2012
A chance on charters Re "Whistle-blowers to open a charter," Jan. 18 Congratulations to the Los Angeles teachers who are opening their own charter school. They will have the professional autonomy to do the very best they can for their students without being micromanaged from above. They can manage the school themselves or select someone to be head teacher. They will be able to make key decisions about the budget as well as curriculum, instruction and staffing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Two of the four employee groups that rejected Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan for worker concessions last month have ratified it on the second go-round — sparing them from dozens of unpaid days off in the coming year, union officials said Friday. Villaraigosa said he will abandon plans for up to 42 furlough days for 5,500 clerks, security guards and other city workers who had originally balked at more employee givebacks. The agreement between the city and civilian employee unions delays a package of raises and requires a 4% pay cut, with proceeds going to pay for the rising cost of retirement benefits.
BUSINESS
January 7, 1992 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Labor unions representing workers at McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics said Monday that they have formed a committee to block McDonnell's proposed sale of a 40% stake in its commercial aircraft business to a Taiwanese group for $2 billion.
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